FILMATIQUE: We have seen many more films in recent years about young adults coming to terms with their gender identity or sexual orientation, but almost no films about an intersex character. What was the genesis of this film— what inspired you to tackle this subject matter?
CARLO LAVAGNA: Arianna is an alter ego of myself and the film an investigation into my own identity. The film is a metaphor for a search for meaning that cannot be found. The superficial elements of the story are borrowed from a whole set of personal experiences, anecdotes coming from the lives of intersex people I've known, and from fictional events invented by me and other writers, or taken from books and movies.
FLMTQ: What do you think is the reason for the relative paucity of intersexual narratives in contemporary cinema?
CL: I don't care about the abundance or scarcity of films dealing with this theme, because the social element that can be associated with such films is not an argument that touches me. There is no battle the movie is trying to win. It's not a film of denunciation nor does it want to be.
It is, rather, a film that questions the polymorphism of identity, the uneasiness of being different, but also the wonder of not belonging to a definite category. The premise of the film is that if we begin to define every single form of diversity, if we give it a name, if we "normalize it," regulate it with laws— what follows is the risk of destroying the mystery, the poetry, the seduction.